Sachin Tendulkar was all flurry and glory as he became the first cricketer to score more than 17,000 runs and clinch his 45th century in ODIs in his 435th match. In the 5th ODI against Australia, he scored 175 in 141 balls.
Chasing Australia’s imposing 350, Tendulkar’s innings took India to within 19 runs of a win. Suresh Raina gave the maestro good company with a run-a-ball 59. The two put on 137 runs for the fifth wicket in 19 overs.
Tendulkar’s innings is the joint second-highest individual score in an ODI chase, the highest being Indian skipper M.S. Dhoni’s unbeaten 183 against Sri Lanka at Jaipur in 2005.
Australia leads the series 3-2.